EAM S Jaishankar Slams George Soros, Says He Is "Old, Rich, Opinionated And Dangerous"

Swarajya Staff

Feb 18, 2023, 12:44 PM | Updated 12:44 PM IST

George Soros (Wikipedia/George Soros)
George Soros (Wikipedia/George Soros)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has slammed billionaire investor George Soros for his remarks on PM Modi and India's democracy, saying he is "old, rich, opinionated and dangerous".

“Few years ago, he actually accused us of planning to strip millions of Muslims of their citizenship, which of course didn't happen. It was a ridiculous suggestion. But you have to understand what this actually mean. I would take a view that Mr Soros is an old, rich opinionated person sitting in New York who still thinks that his views should determine how the entire world works,” Jaishankar said at an event in Australia on Saturday.

“Now if I would only stop at old, rich and opinionated, I would put it away. But he is old, rich, opinionated and dangerous. Because what happens is when such people and such views and such organisations, they actually invest resources in shaping narratives,” he added.

"People like him think an election is good if the person they want to see, wins and if the election throws up a different outcome then they will say it is a flawed democracy and the beauty is that all this is done under the pretence of advocacy of open society," EAM Jaishankar was quoted as saying by ANI.

Jaishankar's remarks come after Soros, in a speech earlier this week, said that the Adani crisis will weaken the Narendra Modi regime, and will ‘open the door’ to a democratic revival in the country. 

Soros further said that PM Modi would have to answer questions from foreign investors and parliament on allegations of fraud and stock manipulation, as per a Financial Times report.

He also said that PM Modi was no democrat and inciting violence against Muslims was an important factor in his meteoric rise. 

He also complained against India buying cheap Russian crude oil.

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